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When you stretch your ears, the most important things that you can do are a) stretch slowly and b) use high quality ear stretching kit. High quality stretching tools give you the best chance of a healthy stretching process and a good end result. This is because good quality tools will be made of biocompatible, lightweight materials that do not cause irritation or put undue pressure on the piercing. In this post I will outline the ear stretching kit that is not only my personal favourite, but is recommend by the majority of piercers and experienced stretchers.

For Stretching Your Ears

For actually stretching your ears, I highly recommend surgical steel stretching tapers. Here at Body Jewellery Shop you can buy these tapers individually or as a kit, as you can see below. High quality steel stretching tapers such as ours are finely machined with a perfectly smooth surface and will not irritate your ears. If you choose cheaper acrylic tapers, you may find that they irritate your ears and drag on the skin. Lubricant is also essential – either jojoba, Vitamin E, olive, hemp or almond oil. These natural oils reduce drag and pain during stretching. They also condition the skin and should be used to massage the earlobe both before stretching and during the healing process.

For After You Have Stretched Your Ears

After you have stretched your ear, remove the taper and insert an unflared flesh tunnel. My favourites are the steel flesh tunnels below. You should never leave the taper in, as this leads to uneven stretching and puts pressure on the new stretching. You should always use non-porous materials for your first post-stretching jewellery to encourage clean healing: either surgical steel or titanium.

For Healed Ear Stretchings

Once your ear stretching has healed completely and you have reached your desired gauge, I recommend wearing wooden flesh tunnels or plugs. Wooden jewellery is completely non-irritating, lightweight and very comfortable to wear. It reduces odour and stays the same temperature as your body. My own wooden tunnels have kept my ears happy for years and I find that they require less cleaning compared to metal jewellery. So there you have it, my favourite ear stretching kit!

Steel Stretching Taper

Steel Stretching Taper

Steel Stretching Taper Kit

Steel Stretching Taper Kit

Unflared Steel Flesh Tunnel

Unflared Steel Flesh Tunnel

Wooden Plugs and Tunnels

Wooden Plugs and Tunnels



This post is part of our Ear Stretching Guide 101 series. Click on the link to see the whole series.


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Black Titanium Tropical Barbell

Black Titanium Tropical Barbell

Black Titanium Tropical Barbell

Refresh your style with this fabulous black titanium tropical barbell. This shimmering G23 Surgical Titanium barbell with black striped accessories will instantly light up your look and impress all your friends.

You will love the smooth and glittering material which will slip into your piercings easily. This beautifully designed barbell will make a fabulous Christmas gift for a loved friend or family member this year, so make sure you grab this bargain body jewellery piece before every else does.

Simply choose the length you want from the side menu and enjoy! You will also love our stylish cream velvet pouch which will keep your barbell safe and clean thanks to the fantastic drawstring top.

Flame PMMA Stretching Taper

Flame PMMA Stretching Taper

Flame PMMA Stretching Taper

Get a hot and fiery look this year with this incredible flame PMMA stretching taper. This black taper with an amazing red and yellow flame design will leave you feeling fashionable and cheeky.

It is made from extremely biocompatible PMMA which will feel soft in your stretched piercing. Everyone will want this incredible taper for Christmas because of its unique design and excellent durability.

Choose your gauge from the side menu and gradually stretch your piercing with this breath-taking body jewellery piece.

PMMA  Flesh Plug and Taper

Here at Body Jewellery Shop we are all about giving you the coolest looks for the best price and can’t beat our new PMMA flesh plugs and tapers. These clever pieces of body jewellery come in 3 parts that you can mix and match to form either a taper or a flesh plug. When you buy any of these PMMA flesh plugs you get a 1 flesh plug with a cool design, 1 tapered back and 1 flat back – as shown on the right. You can screw the two different back pieces onto the plug to get either a plug or taper and switch up your look as often as you like. These plugs are not used for stretching your ears; they just give you an awesome look.



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If you want to stretch your piercings cheaply and quickly, acrylic stretching tapers are a great option. PMMA acrylic is a very light, durable and affordable material and it is great for body jewellery. These acrylic stretching tapers are easy to use and they come in a huge range of colours, so you can have a cool look while you are sizing up. Acrylic is comfortable to wear and it is non-irritating, so it should not irritate your piercing or cause any kind of allergic reaction. Another great thing about acrylic stretching tapers is that they have a nice smooth surface. This means that you can slide them smoothly into the piercing gradually.

Neon Acrylic Stretching Tapers

Neon Acrylic Stretching Taper

If you like to make a statement with colour, you’ll love these neon acrylic stretching tapers. These stretching tapers are really bright and they come in pink, orange, blue, yellow, purple and green. These stretching tapers have a nice chunky shape and they are not too long. They also have a rounded tip, so they are comfy to wear and won’t poke your skin. I love these tapers because they are just so cute and the colours really jump out at you.



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Taper pins come in a gigantic range of styles, colours, materials, sizes and designs. Designed to be used in stretched piercings, different types of taper pins can be used to stretch your piercings up before fitting your jewellery, or, you can even leave the taper pin in your stretched piercing as jewellery!

Taper Pin Travel Kit

This handy taper pin kit is designed to stretch piercings from 1.6mm to 10mm, perfect as a gift or handy set for personal use and to keep your stretching taper pins organised, clean and neatly stored. The taper pins in this kit have a hollow end to align with your piece of jewellery, making the stretching process easy and hassle-free. The taper pin kit has 10 tapers in total, made of surgical steel. There are more surgical steel taper pins in our surgical steel stretching gear section.

Taper Pin Kit

Taper Pin Kit

Wooden Taper Pins

Wooden taper pins are only recommended for fully healed stretches, as wood is a porous material. Porous materials are not suitable for healing piercings or stretches, as they will absorb fluids and can harbour bacteria. Wooden taper pins can be worn as jewellery and look fantastic, with natural grain and colour, the stunning finish creates a very natural, traditional, tribal look and feel.

Wooden Taper Pins

Wooden Taper Pins

Hologram Taper Pins

These new hologram taper pins are bright and reflective, with a really shimmery hologram inserted into the stem of the taper. Available in a choice of colours, the hologram tapers are really funky and bright! Hologram taper pins are part of our fabulous UV taper range, with many different patterns and designs that glow under ultra violet light!